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Port Town to Urban Neighborhood: The Georgetown Waterfront of Washington, D.C. 1880-1920 Open Access

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Originally an eighteenth-century Potomac River port town, Georgetown was included in the ten-mile square set aside for the federal capital in 1791. As the nineteenth century unfolded, Georgetown lost its political, social, and economic independence and became one of many neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Today it is a prestigious and lively section of a thriving international metropolitan area. The Center for Washington Area Studies of The George Washington University has published historical studies of other sections of Washington, D.C., such as Adams Morgan, Brookland, and Foggy Bottom. But the Georgetown waterfront has begged for attention.

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